Borders Day Tour | Tours of Scotland
The Border country of Scotland is an extraordinary complex and colourful blends of breathtaking landscape, history, and castle ruins. Just an hour or so south of Edinburgh it’s an area mainly forgotten by many. Whatever your interests, there is much to see and do across this vast expanse of 1800 square miles of farming lands and rolling hills.
Places to visit in the Scottish Borders
Melrose is mainly an agricultural market town, but visitors have a choice of attractions, as well as a choice of cafe’s.
Melrose Abbey was once one of Scotland’s most beautiful buildings. This historic Abbey is the burial place of King Robert the Bruce’s heart. It was founded by King David I round about the year 1136 and was once a favourite of Royalty.
Abbotsford House was Sir Walter Scott’s Borders home from 1811 until his death in 1832. The house has a fabulous collection of historical artefacts. The visitor centre hosts an exhibition celebrating the life of the world’s first best selling author.
From ‘Scott’s View’ you can admire the stunning views of the Eildon Hills and surrounding countryside.
Rosslyn Chapel is a fantastic example of Gothic Architecture and was built by William St Clair during the 15th century as a Church for the Sinclair family. This beautiful chapel has lasted the test of time. There are legends of the Holy Grail, which many believe rests here. In 2003, Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code set the chapel at the heart of a grand religious conspiracy. Rosslyn Chapel was also used in scenes for the Hollywood film of the same name.
Floors Castle is the seat of the Duke of Roxburgh. It was built in the 1720s by the architect William Adam, with additional work carried out by William Playfair. The Castle lies on the banks of the River Tweed and overlooks the Cheviot Hills to the south. The castle featured in the 1984 movie Greystoke: The legend of Tarzan, Lord of the apes.